Favorite Book Review: Strangers by: Barbara Elsborg

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Title: Stranger
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Rating: 5 Teacups / 4 Handcuffs


Kate Snow’s had enough of bad boys until a one-way swim in the ocean puts her on a collision course with a man she can’t resist. Charlie Storm has turned being a bad boy into an art form. Already a famous pop star, mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right out to sea. The last thing he expects to do before he dies is crash into a suicidal woman.When the worlds of these two strangers collide, their lives take an upward twist. In surviving the waves, they find they can’t stand to be apart, in or out of bed. Kate seizes a chance for happiness, seeing in Charlie a man she can finally trust to love her. Charlie can’t let go of Kate because she’s the only woman able to see the man he wants to be.But the price of fame is high and when the world wants to drive them apart, life only seems safe in Kate’s bed. (via Goodreads.com)

Our Thoughts:

  • We have both re-read this novel multiple times, but never have had a chance to review it. While we are doing some catch up we thought it was the perfect time.
  • This is a very emotional novel, that has you laughing out loud one moment and crying the next. Elsborg, has the ability to infuse humor into a grave topic, suicide. This humor helps you get through the darker times in the novel.

  • Their unconventional love story resonates with readers. They bond over despair, both characters in a fragile emotional state cling to each other to keep from drowning.

  • Kate is running from the horrors of her past. Your heart instantly goes out to her, and the sadness she feels.

  • Charlie replaces his addictions, for drug and alcohol, with Kate. These high emotions lead him to thinking with his heart and not his head, having unforeseen negative consequences in his relationship with her.

  • Most of the supporting cast of characters were self-absorbed, they did not seem to care about Kate or Charlie. This lack of support and love from those closest to them adds to the darkness of the novel. It makes you more emotionally invested in their story. You want them to find their HEA, even more because the overwhelming hardships and lack of support.

  • This novel shows that there is hope, that during your darkest you can find your light.

Happy Reading!

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